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Living Out Loud (1998)

Judith Nelson quit her medical studies to marry. Years later, her husband, a physician, divorces her to be with another doctor. Deeply frustrated, she now lives alone in her luxury ... See full summary »

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Robert Nelson
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Phil Francato
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The Kisser
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Mary
Mariangela Pino ...
Donna
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The Masseur
Clark Anderson ...
Gary
Ellen McElduff ...
Crying Woman
Ivan Kronenfeld ...
Angry Boyfriend
Fil Formicola ...
Santi's Man
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Santi's Man
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Fanny
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Judith Nelson quit her medical studies to marry. Years later, her husband, a physician, divorces her to be with another doctor. Deeply frustrated, she now lives alone in her luxury apartment in New York, looking for a new meaning for her life. Pat Francato, the janitor and lift-boy, has a troubled life himself: Gambling debts and the tragic death of his daughter took away all his spirit. One day, he and Judith meet in the right mood and a fragile friendship starts to grow. They can help each other to get on their feet again. But one false move could destroy everything they built so carefully. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language, and for some drug content and sexuality | See all certifications »

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6 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Kiss  »

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Box Office

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$169,747, 1 November 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,902,790, 28 February 1999
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2.35 : 1
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The news clip that Judith is watching at the beginning shows a badly damaged apartment building, as we hear the newscaster speaking about possible terrorist bombings. This image was actually from an October 1992 airplane crash, where an El Al 747 cargo jet crashed into an Amsterdam apartment complex, killing 43. See more »

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The sugar and cream containers while Pat and Judith are having coffee. See more »

Quotes

Drunken Fan: I swear sometimes you make me cry.
Liz Bailey: Oh yeah?
Drunken Fan: Yeah, 'cause when you sing, it's not about just you. It's not about just NOW... it's about the whoooooole BLACK experience. When black people, I mean African-American people sing sentimental songs, it's not just sentimental, they're not sentimental at all right?
[soliciting agreement from Pat and Judith]
Drunken Fan: And do you know why?
Liz Bailey: Why?
Drunken Fan: Because of the pain to back it up.
Liz Bailey: That's right... you're right. I have the pain. I'm FULL o' pain. Well you know what?
Drunken Fan: What...
Liz Bailey:
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Soundtracks

Lush Life
Written by Billy Strayhorn
Arranged and produced by Mervyn Warren
Performed by Queen Latifah
Courtesy of Motown Record Co., L.P.
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Writer turned writer-director Richard LaGravenese made 1998's "Living Out Loud", which follows the intersection of the lives of two people emotionally lost in the big city. Holly Hunter plays Judith, a feisty and freshly divorced woman in her early forties with an overactive imagination. Danny DeVito plays Pat, a depressed and proud elevator attendant with emotional baggage all his own. After they share words a friendship gingerly begins to form. The creative casting of the fabulous Holly Hunter and the frequently under-appreciated dramatic talents of Danny DeVito is only the beginning of the special qualities of "Living Out Loud". This is a mature study of adult relationships, especially of those that have tried, failed, and are left emotionally crippled. It's an intimate, quiet film about regular people made with so many genuine moments and with such winning results that one can only be reminded how infrequently a film like this comes along. It might not be that clever comedy the DVD suggests, but in a way the false advertising makes it that much more of a find.


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